[ARTICLE] Childbirth Becoming a Family Affair- August 2015

GIVING birth has turned into a real social occasion with hubbies, kids, family, photographers and even babysitters piling into the birthing suite to share in the miracle of life.

Hypnobirthing expert and Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude has worked with 15 family and friends in attendance at the birth.

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[ARTICLE] When you’re carrying small- Essential Baby, August 2015

Fiona Trewhitt sported a “very big” bump in her first pregnancy. In her second pregnancy, however, she carried small – “so it was a huge contrast”, she says.

She wasn’t the only one to notice the contrast. “People made loads of comments about the way I ate or exercised and about how concerned I should be,” she says of her smaller bumped-pregnancy.

While Fiona wasn’t overly concerned, her obstetrician was cautious, organising extra scans to monitor her baby’s growth. “I kind of felt [the scans] were unnecessary and expensive, but did it anyway to be safe and sure,” Fiona says.

Thankfully, the scans were all reassuring, and baby Tommy was born a healthy size.

Midwife Amanda Bude says your baby’s position, the position of your uterus and your pelvic shape can all influence how you carry.

She says there are also lots of reasons your baby may be small – your child’s growth can be limited in pregnancy if you smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs or have poor nutrition. Babies may also be small for gestational age (SGA), growth restricted, or just be genetically small.

And if there’s not much fluid around your baby, your bump may also appear less pronounced.

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[ARTICLE] No Need to Swap Tipple for Nipple- Courier Mail August 2015

NEW mothers are being warned that feeding their ­babies formula is worse than breastfeeding after a few drinks.

The advice from the Australian Breastfeeding Association comes as new research shows an increasing number of women turning to bottle feeding within weeks of giving birth, in some cases because they wish to recommence consuming alcohol.

Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude believes that while ­socialising is not the main reason women give up on breastfeeding, she sees women who simply get fed up “being good”, especially after abstaining from ­alcohol throughout pregnancy.

“I believe one of the leading reasons women drop out is due to work commitments,” she said.

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